Vesrah Suzuki Posts Solid Results on Day 1 of West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway
NEWS May 15, 2011
Vesrah Suzuki riders Cory West, Taylor Knapp and Corey Alexander on their 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600’s had solid results in the first set of races in the doubleheader weekend at the West Coast Moto Jam. Cory and Taylor qualified on the second row for the Daytona Sportbike races and Corey qualified on the front row for Supersport with the set up on the team’s bikes improving in each session.
In the Daytona Sportbike class Cory West on the #57 Vesrah Suzuki was able finish the race in 6th, which is where he qualified while battling grip issues with the rear tire. Taylor Knapp qualified seventh on the #44 and ended up 11th at the finish. Cory remains in second place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike Championship.
Corey Alexander #5 was able to quickly learn the circuit and qualify on the front row. Corey battled for a podium finish and ended up just short in 4th place and now lies in 3rd place in the 2011 AMA Pro Racing Supersport West championship.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“In the team’s second visit to Infineon our day 1 results have greatly improved from last year. The team will be working overnight to refine the set-up even further and push for the podium.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“I managed to pull out a flier on the last lap of qualifying to get myself on the second row on the grid in sixth position. I got a good start in the race and worked my way into fourth. The pace that the front running twin cylinders were pushing was too much but I felt comfortable running with 3rd place. I kept the podium spot in sight for a while but started to struggle with rear tire grip. I could not be aggressive with the throttle and ending up fading backwards. It was a frustrating race but we know what we need to do to make the bike better for race 2 tomorrow. I’m happy that we salvaged as many points as possible and that we get another shot at it tomorrow.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“Qualifying went well and my lap times were good with both medium and soft compound tires and I wound up with a good starting position on row 2 for the race. The race itself was really disappointing for me as I could see the leader in the beginning of the race but just couldn’t make a charge as the tire went off pretty early and I faded further and further back. I have a good crew who is working really hard at giving me a better set-up and we made a lot of changes for tomorrow so hopefully I can get up there and race at the front.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“First off I'd like to give a huge thanks to everyone that is part of the Vesrah Suzuki team but especially my mechanics Barry and Tim. My all-new Suzuki 2011 GSX-600 was really fast and was working well. I was happy to get up on the front row but unfortunately we couldn't run the front-runners pace during the race. I'm very happy with my fourth place finish but it is bittersweet as we were just short of a podium. Hopefully tomorrow goes even better and we will be able to run up front where I want to be.”
Vesrah Suzuki wants to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2011 season – Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active, Suzuka Tire Warmers, Pit Bull & Road Rage Designs
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